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5 items from 2015


Townsend Helms "Brewster's Millions" Remake

28 February 2015 6:35 AM, PST | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

Robert Townsend has come on board to direct a remake of the comedy "Brewster's Millions".

George Barr McCutcheon penned the original novel which has been adapted many times, though the most well-known would be Walter Hill's 1985 version starring Richard Pryor and John Candy.

That film follows a baseball fan who is called to New York city to hear the last will and testament of his recently deceased great-uncle. Said uncle makes an offer - if he can spend $30 million in 30 days, he's entitled to $300 million. If not, he loses it all. There's also strict conditions on how he can spend the cash, including having no more assets than what he started with.

Michael William Schmidt has penned the new adaptation which Joseph and Jack Nasser will produce. The new film changes the stakes - he must spend $100 million in one week to inherit $1 billion.

Source: Variety »

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'Brewster's Millions' Lands Director Robert Townsend

27 February 2015 3:38 PM, PST | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Actor-filmmaker Robert Townsend has signed on to direct the reboot of Brewster's Millions, news which comes 30 years after the 1985 comedy Brewster's Millions was released, starring Richard Pryor and John Candy. The story is based on George Barr McCutcheon's 1902 novel, which was turned into a stage play in 1906 along with 10 different movie adaptations, including a lost 1914 Cecil B. DeMille version towards the beginning of his career.

Michael William Schmidt is writing the screenplay, which centers on Montgomery Brewster, a man who inherits $1 billion, under one condition: he must spend $100 million in one week, or he loses everything. The financial stakes in the reboot have been increased considerably, since the 1985 version, directed by Walter Hill, centered on Richard Pryor's Brewster tasked with spending $30 million in 30 days, in order to receive his full inheritance of $300 million. No further story details were released at this time.

Joseph Nasser and Jack Nasser are producing the reboot, »

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Robert Townsend Directing ‘Brewster’s Millions’ Reboot

27 February 2015 3:31 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Robert Townsend has come on board to direct a new version of “Brewster's Millions,” three decades after the Richard Pryor comedy was released.

The story is based on the 1902 novel by George Barr McCutcheon that was adapted into a play in 1906 and made into films 10 times — including a lost 1914 release directed by Cecil B. DeMille at the start of his career.

The Pryor version co-starred John Candy and was directed by Walter Hill. The Universal release was a solid performer with a $45 million domestic gross.

Producers of the new “Brewster’s Millions” are Joseph and Jack Nasser. The adaptation was written by Michael William Schmidt and follows Monty Brewster, who is set to inherit $1 billion – with one key caveat: He must spend $100 million in one week or end up with nothing more than the clothes on his back.

Apa will handle domestic sales of the film.

Townsend’s first feature was 1987’s “Hollywood Shuffle, »

- Dave McNary

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Brewster's Millions: new remake on the way

27 February 2015 3:01 PM, PST | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

The 11th - really - big screen adaptation of Brewster's Millions is in the works...

The history of Brewster's Millions on the big screen is extensive. Based on the novel by George Barr McCutcheon, that was published in 1902, there have, to date, been ten screen adaptations of it (not including television projects). They range from the first, a 1914 adaptation directed by Cecil B De Mille and Oscar Apfel, through arguably the highest profile, the Richard Pryor-headlined version that landed in 1985.

Well, number 11 is on the way (and we're indebted to Film Divider for pointing out there have been that many).

The new Brewster's Millions, the first English language take on the book since that 1985 project (that was helmed by Walter Hill, with John Candy co-starring), will be directed by Robert Townsend, based on a screenplay by Michael William Schmidt. The basic premise will be the same: for a man to inherit a large fortune, »

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Robert Townsend Re-counting ‘Brewster’s Millions’

27 February 2015 2:05 PM, PST | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

The last time we checked on Brewster’s Millions, Richard Pryor and John Candy were rolling in it. That was 1985. Now Robert Townsend has signed on to direct a remake scripted by Michael William Schmidt and produced by Joseph and Jack Nasser. The story, based George Barr McCutcheon’s 1902 novel, centers on Monty Brewster, who is set to inherit $1 billion, with one key caveat: He must spend $100 million in one week or end up right back where he started – with nothing more… »

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